2020/21 ESL Fixtures announced for the opening weekend and first mid-week round of fixtures
With the new Essex Senior League scheduled to start on September 5th, the League has finally revealed the opening fixtures of the 2020/21 season.
It would have been almost 7 months from the last time a league game was played following the postponement of last season’s fixtures. For many clubs, March 10th was the last time a game was played before the country went into lockdown and ever since, clubs have looked ahead to the new season.
Whilst many clubs are not revealing a full schedule, due to the uncertainly surrounding the pandemic, they have revealed the first two games of the season. Allowing clubs to prepare with just over a week to go.
The first game for all the Essex Senior League clubs will be the Extra Preliminary Round of the FA Cup, including two all-ESL ties (being played on September 1st and 2nd) before the league campaign begins on September 5th.
Only one of last season’s title challenges will start their campaign at home as Hashtag United welcome Ilford to their new home for the season whilst Walthamstow travel to Sporting Bengal and Saffron Walden Town travel to the Oakside Stadium as they face the Motormen.
Other games in the opening weekend include Enfield hosting St Margaretsbury and West Essex hosting Takeley (the game to kick of the season on Friday 4th September).
The second gameweek will see some tough games, especially for the title chasers. Walthamstow will be at home to Stansted whilst Hashtag United will welcome Hadley for their second home game.
Here’s a full list of the fixtures:
Saturday 5th September
- West Essex vs Takeley (September 4th)
- Cockfosters vs Hoddesdon Town
- Enfield vs St Margaretsbury
- Hadley vs Woodford Town
- Hashtag United vs Ilford
- Redbridge vs Saffron Walden Town
- Southend Manor vs Sawbridgeworth Town
- Sporting Bengal United vs Walthamstow
- Stansted vs Clapton
W/C 7th September
- Cockfosters vs Enfield
- Hashtag United vs Hadley
- Ilford vs Redbridge
- Saffron Walden Town vs West Essex
- Sawbridgeworth Town vs Clapton
- Southend Manor vs Woodford Town
- Takeley vs Hoddesdon Town
- Walthamstow vs Stansted
- Sporting Bengal United vs St Margaretsbury